The Friends of the Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserves (FCHAP) is a Citizen Support Organization for the Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserves and the Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park. Established in 1995, the Friends provide funding, material, and volunteer support for staff to facilitate management of the Park and Preserves.

The Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserves consist of five contiguous aquatic preserves within the greater Charlotte Harbor estuary complex; designated by Legislature for inclusion in the aquatic preserve system under the Florida Aquatic Preserve Act of 1975. Covering about 180,000 acres of submerged lands, the preserves (north to south) are the Lemon Bay Aquatic Preserve, Cape Haze Aquatic Preserve, the Gasparilla Sound - Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserve, Matlacha Pass Aquatic Preserve, and the Pine Island Sound Aquatic Preserve as the southern boundary.

The Charlotte Harbor Preserve State Park encompasses about 43,000 acres in both Charlotte and Lee County, consisting of uplands, wetlands, and open waters. By preserving upland habitats surrounding the aquatic preserves, the Park helps protect water quality, seagrasses, and other habitats that are important to fish and wildlife. It also provides residents and visitors with opportunities for hiking, fishing, and other recreational pursuits.

For more information on the State Park, please call 941-575-5816 or visit:

For more information on the Charlotte Harbor Aquatic Preserves, please call 941-575-5861 or visit:

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